Bystander at search now a murder suspect

Posted Dec. 15, 2009, at 10:48 p.m.
In this June 23, 2009 photo, Robert Copley, smokes a cigarette near the scene where police were searching a well for France Moulton  in Lebanon, Maine. The search uncovered Moulton's remains, and Copley was charged with murder on Friday Dec. 11, 2009. Moulton was 25 when she went missing in July 2006.
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In this June 23, 2009 photo, Robert Copley, smokes a cigarette near the scene where police were searching a well for France Moulton in Lebanon, Maine. The search uncovered Moulton's remains, and Copley was charged with murder on Friday Dec. 11, 2009. Moulton was 25 when she went missing in July 2006.

LEBANON, Maine — A Maine man charged with killing a woman whose remains were found in the bottom of a well was among those who showed up at a Lebanon property last spring while a police dive team searched the well for the missing woman.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported Tuesday that 22-year-old Robert Copley of Hiram casually smoked a cigarette and talked to a reporter last June while police searched the well for Frances Moulton of Sanford. Moulton was 25 when she went missing in July 2006.

The search uncovered Moulton’s remains, and Copley was charged with murder Friday.

The newspaper said when police searched the well, Copley changed his story while talking to a reporter. He was spotted the next day exiting a state police vehicle at the scene.

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